Despite an electric start to this window from Spurs, making five signings already, there is still work to do in N17.
Perhaps most obviously, a new signing at right wing-back needs to be made. Yes, Spurs do still have Emerson Royal and Matt Doherty in that position.
But, if we are to be brutally honest, we can improve on both those players. Although only one new signing in that position is needed this summer.
It appears Spurs are ‘one the brink’ of sealing a deal for Middlesbrough wing-back Djed Spence, although we have been hearing that for weeks on end (The Mirror). This is one of those signings that is probably sorted by Spurs fans won’t believe until they see.
Another position that Spurs need to sign is a creative midfielder, with the club never properly replacing Christian Eriksen.
The only names mentioned in that position thus far this summer have been Christian Eriksen himself, although it seems he will make the move to Manchester United, and Lucas Paqueta (Alasdair Gold).
The Lyon midfielder was on fine form last season, netting 9 goals and adding 6 assists in 35 Ligue 1 appearances (32 starts). [transfermarkt]
Another signing Paratici may have to negotiate this summer is a deal for a winger. As of now, Spurs have Richarlison, Lucas Moura, Harry Kane, Heung-Min Son, and Dejan Kulusevski as established first-team attackers. However, an inevitable injury to one of those five would leave us with only one forward on the bench.
Yet, Antonio Conte could decide that Bryan Gil is ready to take his place in the Tottenham first team. If that were the case, no new signing would be necessary. However, if he goes out on loan, I believe Spurs will need an additional forward signing.
Lastly, a marquee centre-back feels like a must. Although Clement Lenglet is a fine signing, in my opinion, Spurs need to add one more.
Despite his poor form for Barcelona in the last two seasons, Antonio Conte’s system feels tailor-made for the Frenchman. It gives Lenglet the opportunity to display his technical prowess, while reducing the amount of ground he has to cover defensively.
Tottenham’s current options at centre-back are Ben Davies, Eric Dier, Clement Lenglet, Cristian Romero, and Davinson Sanchez.
Spurs do also have Joe Rodon and Japhet Tanganga, although it feels like neither of them are in Antonio Conte’s first-team plans and thus loans away for the season are more likely.
A centre-back who specializes in playing in the middle of a back three or on the left side of a back three feels like the best situation this summer – leaving Lenglet to either backup Eric Dier or battle for the starting role with Ben Davies.
If Spurs were to make these 3-4 new signings it would be, by far, the best transfer window we’ve seen in a long, long time.
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